Fishing Report

Updated: September 12, 2019 by Stan Cobb

(Next Update: September 19, 2019)

Saltwater - The strongest bite inside the bay, is still the Cobia bite. The majority of anglers are sight casting, so the level of success usually depends on the conditions. Many agree that the Cobia are exiting the bay, despite the warm weather we are having, which seems to be prolonging the bite in the upper portions of the bay. Drum are being found by the Cobia seekers more frequently now, since they too are probably starting to exit the bay. They should still bite well into October. There has been an increase in Sheepshead catches this week, and some dandy ones at that. The bridge tunnel seems to be the place to hook up with the Sheeps. Flounder catches were down a little over the last week, so hopefully, this will change soon. The tunnel is also the Spot for the Flounder inside the bay, but ocean wrecks will often provide the most consistent action. Anglers are seeing a spike in the Speckled Trout bite. We haven't heard of any being caught inside Lynnhaven Inlet yet, as most of the action is coming from the inlets on the western side from the York River to the mouth of the Potomac River. Topwater baits, curly tail grubs, paddle tail grubs, and Gulp! baits, like shrimp and swimming mullets are working. There are Spot being caught I side the Rappahannock River, but the bite has yet to become hot. Spanish Mackerel are definitely available throughout the lower bay still. Good reports are coming from areas near the Potomac River, to the Bridge tunnel. Gold spoons, and the silver with green, have been best so far. Inside the Potomac, has been good for Rockfish up to 35 inches. These fall under Maryland regulations. Ocean charters are having a blast with the White and Blue Marlin. They are also reporting good catches of Wahoo, Mahi, and Blackfin Tuna. There is usually a spike in large fish after a hurricane, or tropical storm. Some reports from the Outer Banks surf and piers, are that there are Puppy Drum available. Inshore boats are finding Spanish Mackerel, and Speckled Trout.


 Freshwater - The Crappie fishing has been solid at Anna lately, as anglers are finding them grouped around the bridges. Live bait in slip floats have been best. The topwater bite is emerging at Anna, along with other area lakes and ponds. Deep crankbaits may be the best bite going on right now though. Kerr lake elevation is at 298'. This is almost 2 ft. below normal pool. Deep cranks have been good here also. 10 inch Texas rigged worms have also been good. The lower James has been a bit tough this week, but should bounce back shortly. Crankbaits have been productive also. The upper James is low and clear, but the fish are starting to bite, especially the topwater baits. Small poppers, flukes, and buzzbaits will only get better. Some rain would improve things just about everywhere.